Team of the Week - Fort Cherry
No matter the result of Friday's game against Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry already ensured itself a playoff berth out from the Black Hills Conference. Beat the Bucs by five or more points, however, and the Rangers wrapped up a home playoff game as the second-place team.
Through much of three quarters, Chartiers-Houston led (often by double digits) as the Bucs appeared primed to host their first playoff game since 2001. Then, toward the end of the third quarter, Fort Cherry's defense - pliable for most the game - stiffened and created turnovers.
The Rangers rallied to take a one-point lead by the end of the third quarter on a highlight-reel pass from Tanner Garry to Nate Bellhy. Fort Cherry tacked on another scoring pass in the fourth quarter to win, 48-40 and clinch second place.
The game was filled with eye-popping stats, most notably from Garry and his counterpart, C-H quarterback Daniel Lis. Each passed for 190-plus yards and rushed for more than 100. Bucs receiver D.J. Denny had 150 yards receiving and four scores, while Rangers running back Gary Kiefer rushed for 170 and Ryan Babirad had 107 receiving by the time the track meet ended.
Runner-up - Peters Township
Zach Barnes, Washington
T.D. Conway, California
D.J. Denny, Chartiers-Houston
Andrew Erenberg, Peters Township
Brady Kunsa, Monessen
Tanner Garry, Fort Cherry
Kyle Gray, Waynesburg
Gary Kiefer, Fort Cherry
Daniel Lis, Chartiers-Houston
Jared Magon, Avella
Brad Martin, Trinity
Josh Wise, Washington
Game of the Week - Fort Cherry 48, Chartiers-Houston 40 (See Team of the Week)
Weird, wild stuff - Peters Township running back Andrew Erenberg edged California receiver Dakota Conway and Ringgold running back Derrick Fiore for the local, regular-season scoring title. With four touchdowns against Canon-McMillan, Erenberg has scored 110 points. ... Brady Kunsa is the first Monessen quarterback to pass for 1,000-plus yards since 1999. ... Washington plays Freedom Wednesday in a Week 10 game. The Prexies, albeit against weaker competition than they played early in the year, are running the football extremely well.